The Invention of the White Race
This lecture was presented 6-9-2013 at Community Church of Boston.
Run time 3:55 + 55:13
Jeffrey B. Perry is an independent working class scholar formally educated at Princeton, Harvard, Rutgers, and Columbia. He is author of "Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism, 1883-1918" (Columbia University Press). He is also the retired former Treasurer of Local 300, National Postal Mail Handlers Union.
His lecture is based primarily on the work of Theodore W. Allen, author at ages 75 thru 78 of a two-volume set with the title "The Invention of the White Race: Racial Oppression and Social Control / The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America." Verso Books has just released its Second Edition, a two-book shrinkwrapped set in paperback, to which Perry added new introductions, appendices, internal study guides, and expanded indices.
Theodore W. Allen's tome presents a full-scale challenge to what Allen refers to as "The Great White Assumption" - "the unquestioning, indeed unthinking acceptance of the 'white' identity of European-Americans of all classes as a natural attribute rather than a social construct." Allen's thesis -- that the "white race" was invented in late 17-early 18th century Virginia and Maryland as a RULING CLASS SOCIAL CONTROL FORMATION in response to LABOR SOLIDARITY -- contains the root of a new and radical approach to United States history, one that challenges master narratives taught in the media and in schools, colleges, and universities. With its equalitarian motif and emphasis on class struggle, it speaks to people today who strive for change worldwide.
For more information, including extensive free pertinent downloadable materials, go to Perry's website:
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This recording was originally made for broadcast 6-16-2013 on WZBC's Truth and Justice Radio (truthandjusticeradio.org, wzbc.org). On 6-21-2013 (at Perry's request and with his approval), a corrected recording was added here (correcting four mis-spoken words).
A somewhat related talk by Richard Rodriguez was given at Boston College as keynote to BC’s recent Sesquicentennial Symposium “Migration, Past Present and Future,” organized by BC’s Center for Human Rights and International Justice. BC has a huge Irish presence. Here’s an excerpt from Rodriguez’s keynote: “The Irish were not white when they came to America. They had to earn the designation." He cites Noel Ignatiev’s book, How the Irish Became White (1995). To see or hear that talk, go to bc.edu/bcm and click on the Richard Rodriguez entry on the left.
April 12, 2016
RE: Jonathan Price's racist review
Does anybody know how to undo this guy's racist poison?
April 10, 2016
Anyone who believes this absolutely absurd and twisted hokum spewed by this pseudo-intellectual crackpot, might as well believe (again) in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. Saddest part of all, there are people, particularly Whites, who don't know any better and buy into this evil CRAP.
This so-called "scholar" ought to be cleaning toilets rather than confusing and poisoning minds with faux history and guilt propaganda (directed at White people).